BRISTOL, Tenn – Brad Keselowski didn’t have too high of hopes heading into Saturday night’s Bass Pro Shops NRA Night race at the Bristol (Tenn) Motor Speedway. See, heading into this weekend, his last top five finish during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series season was way back on June 30 at the Chicagoland Speedway. Furthermore, his last seven finishes in Thunder Valley was 16th or worse.
Those aren’t very good stats.
But, Keselowski led 91 of 500 laps in Saturday’s race to bring his No. 2 Ford home third. It was just his second top five finish in the last 10 races and his first top five at Bristol since 2014. He’s only had three top 10 finishes in his last 12 Bristol starts overall.
Despite that, Keselowski was a little upset that he didn’t at least get up to second in the end.
“I thought we could pass the 95 for sure,” Keselowski said as he thought he could have got up to second. “Kind of got hurt in some traffic and tore the nose off of it. It knocked some speed out of the Miller Lite Ford. I felt like if we caught some of the traffic right, we could have drove away – but it wasn’t meant to be. It’s good. It’s been a track that we’ve struggled. I felt like we’ve had some good cars but haven’t had the finishes to bring it home.”
Now, Keselowski heads to the off week with some momentum and some good tracks coming up for him. The final two races of the regular season are at Darlington and Indy. He won both races last year.